The temperature is heating up as is the fishing. Cobia are still prevalent from the Smith Island target ship down to the CBBT. Spanish mackerel are showing up in the lower Chesapeake. These fish are taking #1 and #2 planners followed by 0 and 00 Clarke spoons. Flounder are biting in the railcars as well as in the seaside inlets. The fish are most active on the last of the flood and the first hour or so of the ebb. Spec fishing is continuing to produce good fish even though the water is hot. The offshore bite is steady with a few tuna showing up on inshore lumps. Most action has been coming from trolled ballyhoo.
The off shore bite took center stage this week with great fishing in the canyon. There was excellent bigeye and yellowfin bites on the troll along with some mahi and whites to add to already spectacular action. The Chesapeake has produced very good cobia action . These fish have been from Kiptopeke all the way north to the waters off Onancock. The key is to set up anywhere along the edges between these points in 15-25 feet of water and chum to bring the fish to you. There hasn’t been one spot that has been super outstanding you just drop the hook around some bottom structure ( hill or slough) near the edge of the channel and rely on the chum and your patience to point you toward success. There also has been spec , reds and a few rock in the shallows. Seaside flounder has still been productive when the water has been clear. The ramp at folly’s is still under construction but is supposed to be done around the last of June .